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Knocking

Frida KEMPFF

  • Sweden
  • 2021
  • Korean Premiere
  • 78min
  • 15 +
  • color

fiction / noise / truth

SYNOPSIS

When Molly moves into her new apartment, a strange noise from upstairs begins to unnerve her. As its intensity grows, she confronts her neighbours, but it becomes clear that no one can hear what she is hearing. As everyone starts to question Molly, she is thrust into an unsettling quest to uncover the truth in a world where truth and reality appears to be just beyond her reach.​ 

 

PROGRAM NOTE

When Molly is back from treatment at a mental hospital after the death of her lover, she moves into her new apartment and wants to live a new life. However, an annoying knocking sound gets on Molly’s nerves. She thinks it is a signal from someone who needs help, so she decides to find the source on the floor above hers. However, nobody believes her. Above all, does Molly believe herself?

 

It’s a popular subject in suspense films: a woman who tries to inform an urgent situation, but nobody, sometimes including herself, believes her. So broadly used these days, the word “gaslighting” came from British dramatist Patrick Hamilton’s Gas Light, where a woman in the same situation is a protagonist. Director Frida Kempff rephrases this old setting into a drama in a #MeToo-era. Somebody is in danger out there. Although she wants to help the person, the world doesn’t believe her. Most of all, she has to prove herself. 

 

Adapted from a novel, Knocks by Johan Theorin. Molly in the original novel lost her friend, while the film changes her friend into a girlfriend. Back in the day, this new setting might be criticized as a tragic cliché, but today it can be read as a part of a process of normalizing various experiences queer characters may experience in a lifetime. [Djuna]

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Director

  • Frida KEMPFF
    Frida Kempff is a Swedish director and scriptwriter with a bachelor’s degree from Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. Her feature fictional debut Knocking premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2021.

Credit

  • ProducerErik Andersson
  • Cast Cecilia MILOCCO, Albin GRENHOLM, Ville VIRTANEN
  • Screenwriter Emma Broström
  • Cinematographer Hannes KRANTZ
  • Editor Erik Andersson, Erika Gonzales
  • Sound Martin DIRKOV
  • Production Design Elle FURUDAHL

WORLD SALES

Bankside Films / Yana Georgieva / yana@bankside-films.com